This was decided at a stormy joint meeting between KPL and Kenya FA held on Thursday where Sony were advised to appeal if they are not satisfiedThe decision to award Gor Mahia their abandoned Kenyan Premier League match against Sony Sugar will stand after all.
This was decided at a stormy joint meeting between KPL and Football Kenya Federation held on Thursday.
According to a reliable source, who attended the meeting, the Awendo-based sugar millers have been advised to appeal against the move to Appeals Board in the next 72 hours if they are not satisfied with the decision.
“The meeting was very stormy as each party stood their ground. However, at the end of it all everybody agreed to maintain the decision after a critical look at events that led to the abandonment,” the source exclusively revealed to Goal.
Kenya FA had awarded the match to Gor Mahia after overturning a decision by KPL to order for a replay. The match was abandoned in the 84th minute after Sony Sugar players protested a goal scored by David Owino to level the scores at 2-2.
Following the decision, Gor Mahia will stretch their lead at the top of the 16-team table standings to 44 points nine adrift second placed Sofapaka and Thika Uited, who are both tied on 35.
On Wednesday, AFC Leopards’ and Sofapaka ganged up against the move to award Gor Mahia the match. Both teams termed the decision as unfair and one that appears to favor K’Ogalo.
“We want to protest in the strongest terms possible at the suspect awarding of points to Gor Mahia. It looks like a decision has been made to influence the final standings of the league look like,” AFC Leopards Chief Executive Richard Ekhalie told Goal.
Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa was categorical they would not accept the decision to award Gor Mahia free points. “This will kill the league and as owners we shall not allow it to happen. It a decision meant to give the league to Gor Mahia and therefore, undermines spirit of competition.
“We have information that Gor Mahia never even appealed the first decision and we are wondering how they were awarded the match,” claimed Kalekwa.